IT LOOKS LIKE Samsung is on track to shift more than ten million of its Android based Galaxy S smartphones this year.
When Samsung released the product earlier this year it stunned analysts by saying it expected to sell 10 million of them. After all it was competing with the Apple Iphone, so how could it possibly compete with a phone that needs a rubber band to work and cuts out when you place it to your ear?
It turns out the analysts were wrong. So far Samsung has sold 9.3 million and the target should be met when the Christmas figures are in.
One of the more surprising statistics that Samsung mentioned was that it has sold 2 million Galaxy S phones in Korea since releasing it in June. Apple regarded Korea as one of its success stories, having sold sold 1.8 million Iphone 4s in that country.
Besides running the Android OS, the Galaxy S uses a different design model than Jobs' Mob. Apple creates a device and tells the world this is what it will buy. Samsung has tweaked the Galaxy S so that it is different for each market.
Unlike the Iphone, Samsung launched the Galaxy S simultaneously on all major carriers. Jobs' Mob insisted that everyone sign up with the unpopular AT&T in the US.
The Galaxy S sales forecast means that just one Android smartphone out of many will sell more than two-thirds of the number of Iphone 4s sold this year.
Samsung is doing very well out of its Android products. Its Galaxy Tab, it's first Android-powered tablet, has sold 100,000 units in Korea and a million worldwide. Although it has not been in the shops that long, it is already starting to eat into Apple's established Ipad market. µ